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Honors & Awards

Mark Paulda Achievements



Awards and Honors:


National Geographic:  World in Focus


Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Semi-finalist


Grammy Awards:  Finalist (Album Packaging/Art)


Travel Photographer of the Year:  Commended 


Photographer to First Lady Laura Bush


International Master’s Cup for Color Photography:  Honor of Distinction


Venice International Photography :  Honor of Distinction


London Photographic Society:  Honor of Distinction


Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards:  Honor of Distinction 


Black and White Spider Photography Awards:  Honor of Distinction 


World’s Top 100 Photographers : Light & Composition Magazine






International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography:  Center for Fine Art Photography, NYC


Fine Art of Photography Exhibition:  Denver


Artists Showcase:  Center for Fine Art Photography,  Colorado


Eyes on Bhutan Exhibit:  Centennial Museum, University of Texas, El Paso


Walter Mill Gallery Exhibit:  Southampton, NY


London Photography Association


London Photography Festival

London Photo Gallery


The Bridge at London Bridge


El Paso Museum of Art


Hal Marcus Gallery:  El Paso, Texas





Books :


“Celebrating El Paso”: TCU Press


“El Paso 120”:  TCU Press


“Bhutan of the Border”:  Texas Western Press


“A Warm El Paso Welcome” : Commissioned for Laura Bush


“El Paso Welcomes Minister Sun Jiazheng” : Commissioned for Chinese Minister of Culture Sun Jiazheng


 “London Reflections”: Ollie Media


“Sí El Paso” (2019):  TCU Press



Collaborative Books:


“Mountain”:  Rizolli Publishing (NYC/London)


“London Walks”:  Virgin Media


“Reflections of Lake Lenore”:  Western Reflections Publishing               


“The Gentleman Wayfarer Journal” series: Ollie Media



Photography Commercial Placements:




Time Magazine


House Beautiful


Travel & Leisure


Billboard Magazine


ABC ( Australian Broadcasting Corp.)


Digital Photography Magazine


Conde Nast Traveler


Lonely Planet


ISO 1200 Magazine


San Antonio Express-News


The Guardian


Metro News (London)


The Art Sprinter


Brides Magazine


Groupon Merchandising (France)


HuffPost (Italy)


Welt (Germany)



Projects Around The World:


“Journey of the Berbers in Morocco”:  Sept./Oct. 2013

Mark followed a nomadic Berber tribe as they made their seasonal 120 mile trek from the High Atlas Mountains into the Sahara Desert capturing their unique story with still photography, and motion video. Given unique insider access to one of the last nomadic Berber tribes, a photographic book, exhibition, and a short documentary film will result.


“Bhutan Through Bhutanese Eyes”:  June/July 2015

After teaching a select group of Bhutanese natives the art of photography, their images were displayed throughout the world in exhibitions.



“Bali Through Balinese Eyes”:  2015-present

One on one photography mentorship program with Gede Arya Danu Palguna of Penempaham Village, Bali. Mark taught the art of photography to Gede, provided the necessary equipment, and continues to provide guidance, assisting  in Gede’s goal to help preserve Balinese culture and tell the genuine story of Bali, both in Indonesia and around the world. Gede’s photographs have been featured on several Balinese magazine covers, have been in exhibitions, and his videos have now become the official videos for and are used extensively by the Indonesian Consulate.





“Restless Spirit”:  2021 (post-production)


A full feature documentary about the pursuit of dreams of creative artists (musicians and photographers) from around the world; focusing on the passion of their work, the obstacles they’ve had to endure and overcome,  their giving back and helping others, and their unique vision.

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